Tsai set to appeal prosecutors’ decision

By Chiu Shao-wen and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 - Page 3

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said she will appeal prosecutors’ decision not to charge Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), former Council of Economic Planning and Development minister Christina Liu (劉憶如) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor Lee Hsin (李新) with attempting to interfere in last year’s presidential election.

Tsai made the remarks one day after the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said it has dropped charges against the trio in a lawsuit filed by Tsai in August last year.

Tsai, then-DPP presidential candidate, cited alleged violations of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法) over allegations made during the presidential election campaign that Tsai manipulated the National Development Fund to invest in biotechnology company Yu Chang Biologics Co — now known as TaiMed Biologics Inc — during her tenure as vice premier in 2007.

The trio also said Tsai was suspected of using the company for her own profit as she served as the firm’s chairman for a few months after resigning from her government position.

Tsai accused the trio of spreading rumors and making false statements for the purpose of impeding a candidate’s election chances, while the DPP also filed a suit against Liu for forgery, claiming that she had falsified the dates in declassified documents in early December 2011.

According to prosecutors on Thursday, the trio’s comments did not constitute spreading rumors, adding that the inaccuracy of dates on documents presented by Liu had been due to an error by a member of her staff.

Tsai yesterday said she realized there were “political difficulties” for prosecutors to take action against Liu and Wu under current political circumstances, adding that she decided to appeal so the case could be exposed in full for the public to see how the government has abused its power and interfered in democratic elections.

Additional reporting by Lin Chun-hung and Lin Shu-hui